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Opera for the People: English-Language Opera and Women Managers in Late 19th-Century America

Katherine Preston


Opera for the People is an in-depth examination of a completely forgotten chapter in American social and cultural history: the love affair that middle-class Americans had with continental opera (translated into English) in the 1870s, 1880s, and 1890s. This work challenges a common stereotype that opera in nineteenth-century America was as it is in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries: elite, exclusive, expensive, and of interest to a niche market. It also demonstrates conclusively that the historiography of nineteenth-century American music (which utterly ignores English-language opera per ... More

Keywords: English-language opera, prima donna, women managers, theatre history, American musical comedy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199371655
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199371655.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katherine Preston, author
David N. & Margaret C. Bottoms Professor of Music, College of William & Mary